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How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth | Vet Tutorial

I'm Dr. Clayton Greenway with

healthcareforpets.com and what we're going

to show you today is how to brush your

cat's teeth. I really encourage you to

watch our other videos about dental care

and about how to introduce toothbrushing

to a pet. So you're going to want to

start off very slowly.

The first thing is is you really just

want your cat to get used to you feeling

around its mouth. Always keep in mind

that you want to be as safe as possible.

Even though your cat is friendly to you

in most circumstances when you start

doing this it could stress them out and

you don't want to get bitten. If there's

fear of that then I don't want you to

incorporate this into your routine with

your pet. So first we just want to

massage the lips a little bit. When you

do this, you'll figure out how your cat

reacts. The way I'm holding Kiwi is very

important. When you come at them

face-first it tends to scare them so I

actually come over top of the head and

as she just did there

she's trying to backup. So if I stand

behind her

then she's only backing up into me and I

have a little better control over. First

you want to start just by placing some

toothpaste on your finger and putting it

in front of her just to see if she has

an interest in the taste of the

toothpaste and whether she'll lick it or

eat it and you can try this many times

before you actually advance to the next

stage. Next you'll want to actually try

rubbing her teeth with your finger.

Now It's important to know that the Tartar

accumulates on the outside of the teeth

so you have to take your pet and try to open its

mouth. When you do that they do get quite

frustrated so what we're going to do is

we're just gonna rub the outside of the

teeth by keeping the mouth closed.

So if we actually hold her head like

this we can hold her lower jaw and the

top of her head

we have a pretty good control over her

and also her mouth is properly

positioned for this for me to slip my

finger past her lips and just rub along

the side of her teeth like this.

So this is the first time I'm trying

this with Kiwi and you can see she's

already fairly accepting of it. Once

you've spent many days doing that and

getting to the point that your cat is

accepting of that you can then move onto

a tooth brush. You can put the toothpaste

on the toothbrush and you can do the

same motion.

This is the first time again that I'm

doing this with Kiwi and she's already

accepting of it but the more you do it

and the slower you go she'll accept it

better and you'll get better at it.

I recommend that clients brush their

pet's teeth every day and I know that we

all have busy schedules so what's most

important to me is that I make it easy

because I know if it's difficult, clients

won't be consistent with it. So make it

as easy as possible and then you'll do

it more consistently. If you can't brush

your pet's teeth as much as four or five

times a week

really the value of it goes way down. If

you're going to a groomer once a month

and they're actually brushing the teeth

I don't see a lot of value to that. We

have to think of it in terms of our

teeth. We brush our teeth everyday,

two or three times a day

and it's no different for pets. We want

to try to do the same thing but doing it

once a day is going to be fantastic and

it's really going to improve their

dental healthcare overtime and limit

your need for dental cleanings or getting

into tooth decay and expensive tooth

extractions. So try to put it into your

routine on a daily basis, try to get them

to accept it by going very very slowly

and rewarding them with lots of love and

treats all the way along. If you're able to do this

you're going to be providing fantastic

care for your pet and cutting down on

your veterinary bills so good luck and

you can read more and watch our videos

here at healthcareforpets.com.